Author: Femi Fani-Kayode

Last Friday the United States Government released a damning human rights report on Nigeria, saying “grave violations of human rights” continued to increase in 2017 while officials who perpetrated them were never prosecuted by the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari. It also said, inter alia, that Nigeria is suffering from “ethnic, religious and regional violence”. This is the bitter truth and the report is a welcome development. Ethnic cleansing, genocide, mass murder, state-sponsored terror, unprecedented corruption, monumental incompetence, the persecution of opposition figures and their families, the violation of court orders, the intimidation of the National Assembly, the Judiciary…

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It appears that we are all under a spell. This enchantment is so deep and powerful that no-one even complains about what is nothing less than a brutal rape and sacrilegious assault on our collective psyche and national sensibilities?

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In a society that is mired in deceit and fear and that wallows in intellectual barrenness, abject poverty, social deviancy, spiritual harlotry, debilitating bondage and racial, religious and regional hegemony and discrimination, northern politicians flourish whilst their counterparts from the South live in fear and trepidation and remain in subjugation, never achieving their full potentials

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The motive for the attack was to silence and discredit Joshua who, by that time, had become a thorn in the flesh of many within the corridors of power simply because he was exposing the deepest secrets about what was going on in the country and those who were covertly working against former President Goodluck Jonathan

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We pray for our President: that God will forgive him of his many sins, grant him good health and spare his life but we also warn those that are planning to harm our people to sheath their swords before they set off a chain of events that will cause an unprecedented, historic and massive conflagration on the African continent, the likes of which have never been seen before

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Such impunity and callousness has rarely been seen in the annals of world history. Not even Hitler’s Nazis that gassed 6 million innocent Jews and Gypsies to death in concentration camps during the Second World War spoke with such pride and joy about their sheer barbarism and horrendous atrocities either at the Nuremberg Tribunals where they were put on trial or at any other time after the conclusion of the war

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And neither can he compare himself to the great Halidu Hananiya, who retired as a Major General in the Nigerian Army and yet who proudly wore the uniform of the Federal Road Safety Corps after being appointed as the head of that agency

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As each day passes, more and more people from all over the country are doubting the continued viability of our forced union.
They are also questioning the wisdom and expediency of the 1914 amalgamation and “arranged marriage” of what were originally the northern and southern protectorates of Nigeria by Lord Frederick Lugard and our erstwhile British colonial masters

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